Ansu Fati will have the opportunity to show off. The young Spanish player (20 years old) will start on Thursday for La Roja’s friendly match against Jordan. This is the last test for the Spanish team before their World Cup debut (November 23, 5 p.m. against Costa Rica).
Fati was Luis Enrique’s biggest question mark though when deciding to his 26-man squad for the World Cupas the Barcelona striker recovers from four surgeries to repair a knee injury suffered in November 2020.
But his coach claims to have observed the progress of the Barcelona nugget. “I see him better, much better than the last time he came. Tomorrow he will play from the start and I hope he plays the full 90 minutes.”Luis Enrique said at a press conference in Amman on Wednesday. “I would appreciate if we started to stop talking about Ansu (Fati) as a player who has overcome an injury. I already told him. A professional player gets injured and recovers. What you have to recover afterwards is his level of play. Looking at training, he has it. »
“The conclusions I will draw from this game against Jordan are important and the players know it. We will take the game very seriously. Our objective is clear: to play seven matches in Qatar.” Enrique continued.
On the other hand, Luis Enrique won’t take any chances with players returning from injuries like Atlético de Madrid duo Marcos Llorente and Alvaro Morata and Valencia defender Hugo Guillamón. “If the first game of the World Cup was tomorrow, they would be there to play. In training, I see them at a remarkably high level, almost exceptional. But there’s no point in taking risks right now. »
Spain’s World Cup opener is against Costa Rica on November 23. The Spaniards will also face Germany and Japan in Group E.